While the easiest way to deal with an AC outage is to keep up with basic maintenance on your HVAC system, not every break down or blow out your AC experiences is preventable. When you do end up having to call a company like Dale's Heating & Appliance for repairs, make sure you're ready with a few effective methods of beating the heat while you wait for the repair crew to arrive. Long before air conditioning was invented, more summers than you can count have come and gone, so there are ways to minimize your discomfort.
Stay Cool When it's Warm
Since few repairs will happen the same day you call, you can make use of cooler overnight temperatures to help equalize the climate inside your home by opening as many windows as you can. With the windows open, make use of any fans you have to circulate the air in your home and keep it from stagnating. Make sure to wait until after the sun has set to start opening windows though, or you'll just make the process take that much longer.
Once the sun comes back up you'll need to seal your house up as tightly as possible and count on your insulation to stem the rising temperature. Keep cool air moving in your house by placing a large metal bowl full of ice in front of a box fan. Drape a damp cloth over rotating fans for a similar effect, allowing the evaporating moisture to cool the air as it passes through the cloth or over the ice bowl.
Get Out of the House
During the hottest part of the day, usually from noon until 3pm, you'll want to find a reason to be somewhere else until your AC is working again. Get to the park, down to a river, lake, swimming pool or other large body of water where the air is being cooled by the evaporation. You can also use this time for any errands you might need to get done that day, such as grocery shopping, paying bills or looking in on someone you know whose AC is working.
If you haven't got anywhere else to be, make sure that before you spend too much time in your yard you've wet down a cloth that you can put in the freezer for a few hours. Use this like an ice pack on your lower back, or the base of your neck, to help cool your core and prevent you from overheating. While not ideal, it's better to spend time outside in the sun than inside where there's no air movement, so long as you keep yourself hydrated and apply sunscreen liberally.
No one likes waiting on a repair service, especially for something as vitally important as your AC in the summer. Make sure you're prepared for the possibility of a delay in your appointment, and be ready to use some non-standard approaches so you can stay cool until they can get your air conditioning working again.